Olivia Newton-John Death At Florida Home; What Did 'Grease' Singer Say About Man Found Dead From Gunshot, Alleged Suicide? [VIDEO]

By McCarton Ackerman August 20, 2013 8:34 AM EDT

Olivia Newton-John at the Australia.com black tie gala, January 2008 (Photo: Reuters)

Olivia Newton-John at the Australia.com black tie gala, January 2008 (Photo: Reuters)

A man was found dead yesterday at a South Florida home belonging to Grease star Olivia Newton-John. The man had sustained a gunshot wound, and the case is currently being classified as a death investigation. Although initial reports listed the death at Newton-John's home as a suicide, Jupiter police Sgt. Scott Pascarella said the case is ongoing and couldn't confirm whether foul play was involved. An autopsy on the man is being done this morning.

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The victim was not a resident or relative of Newton-John or her husband, John Easterling. Pascarella confirmed that the victim had permission to be at the home of the Grease singer, but hadn't been staying there because construction was being done on the property. Calls to Newton-John's agent and manager were not returned and no other details have been released.

Olivia Newton-John at the photocall for A Few Best Men in 2011 (Photo: Reuters)
Olivia Newton-John at the photocall for A Few Best Men in 2011 (Photo: Reuters)

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Unfortunately for Newton-John, this is not the first time she has had to deal with death or tragedy this year. Last May, her older sister, Rona, died from a brain tumor. "I will miss her forever. My beautiful, smart, talented, funny, brave sister Rona," wrote Newton-John on her Facebook page after the loss.

Newton-John is best known for her role as Sandy Olsson in the 1978 classic film Grease. However, her next starring role in the 1980 film Xanadu was the inspiration for the now-infamous Razzie awards, and her acting career never reached the same heights. Newton-John also had a highly successful recording career in the '70s and early '80s, winning four Grammys and earning five No. 1 Billboard singles while selling over 100 million records worldwide.

Olivia Newton-John performs in Singapore, April 2007 (Photo: Reuters)
Olivia Newton-John performs in Singapore, April 2007 (Photo: Reuters)

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She was scheduled to begin a residency at the Flamingo Las Vegas this summer, but postponed the shows until further notice after her sister's death. She also embarked on an extensive worldwide tour last summer by traveling through Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States. The concerts also marked her first performances in the U.K. in over 30 years.

Newton-John most recently gained YouTube infamy with her video for the song "I Think You Might Like It" with John Travolta. The hokey dancing and cheesy singing became fodder for late night comics, but the pair say they will continue to record more Christmas music. 

 

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